The Fishtarian Diet That Keeps You Healthy
Foods good for your heart
The following foods keep your heart healthy or even help raise your HDL and lower LDL.
Flax: Good Plant Source of Omega-3 Oils
As discussed in my previous post "How does Food Affect Your Cholesterol Level?" I recommend that you maintain constant intake of Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet to keep your heart healthy. In addition to popular cold water fish like salmon, I'd like to discuss a good plant source of Omega-3 in this post - flax seed.
First of all, the oils in flax seed contain high concentration of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) - one of three primary Omega-3 fats. There is about 3000 mg of Omega-3 fat in one serving (14g) of flax seed as well as 800 mg of Omega-6 fat. Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 are equally important to our health. The former reduces inflammation in our body, while the later promotes. The ideal balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 is 1:1. Since Omega-6 fats are commonly found in the western diets, the 3:1 ratio of Omega-3:Omega-6 in flax seed is very welcome.
Are You at Risk of a Heart Attack?I recently read an article from washingtonpost.com that discussed new findings from a study regarding a simple test to detect who are at risk for a heart attack and how to lower the risk. The study was presented by Paul M. Ridker of the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who presented the findings yesterday at a meeting of the American Heart Association in New Orleans. For your convenience, I have included some excerpts from that article below.
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Oat Bran Lowers Bad Cholesterol
About two years ago, I started adding oat bran to my daily oat meal in the morning. My blood test has consistently shown that oat bran helps lower my cholesterol levels; more precisely, it lowers only the bad cholesterol (LDL) not the good cholesterol (HDL). And, that's exactly what we want - increasing the HDL/LDL ratio.Continue reading...
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